Student Friendly Recipes: Easy Mac’n’Cheese

By Deirbhile McQuillan

When you’re away at university, one of the biggest issues students can have is cooking easy and cheap recipes. There’s so much temptation to just order in a big takeout and get rid of all the hassle! But cooking delicious, budget friendly dishes doesn’t always have to be a time consuming activity.

Here Deirbhile McQuillan shares with us her easy recipe for a moreish macaroni cheese, perfect for a quick snack or a last minute meal (especially if you decide not to go the whole hog and make the cheese sauce yourself!).



  • 50g butter
  • 2 and a half tablespoons of plain flour
  • 750ml milk
  • Or if you don’t want to make the sauce, 1 pack of cheese sauce
  • 275g grated cheese (here you can choose what kind of cheese you like, or a mixture of cheeses)
  • Pasta (traditionally macaroni but can also be made with spaghetti, penne etc.)


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C/ Gas Mark 4.
  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions for whatever type you’re using, drain the water and then leave the pasta to one side while you make the sauce.

For the cheese sauce: (If you’re using a packet mix, then just follow the instructions on the packet and continue from step 4 of the recipe below)

  1. Add 50g butter to a saucepan and gently melt. Then add the flour and mix until it binds together and has no lumps.
  2. Add the milk gradually, stirring it in until you have a creamy sauce.
  3. Add in your grated cheese(leave a little bit behind for later) and stir until it’s all mixed in well.
  4. Get a casserole or baking dish and add your pasta to it and then pour all the sauce over it. Mix well.
  5. Add the remaining cheese to the top of the pasta, and pop in the preheated oven for 5-10 mins until the cheese starts to brown. You can also add breadcrumbs or crushed crisps to the cheese topping for a bit of extra crunch. Season with  salt and pepper to serve.